Humanists UK launches ‘What I Believe’, new podcast presented by Andrew Copson

11 June, 2020

Humanists UK is launching its first ever podcast, What I Believe, with the help of some well-known celebrity guests. In the podcast – which will be broadcast every Thursday starting on 11 June – Chief Executive Andrew Copson will be speaking to humanists in the public eye about what they believe, to understand more about their worldview and the values, convictions, and opinions they live by.

In the first episode, Andrew will be speaking to comedian, writer, and broadcaster, Robin Ince, about science and how it underpins his worldview: from finding delight in the disorder of the universe to accepting the absurdity of life. Each week, Andrew goes on a journey of discovery to understand their personal philosophy for living and to shine a light on different humanist perspectives.

The series is inspired by the twentieth century What I Believe essays of Humanists UK patrons Bertrand Russell and E M Forster. Other big guest names for the nine episode series include Tim Minchin, Alice Roberts, David Baddiel, Janet Ellis, Paul Sinha, Margaret Heffernan, Richard Wiseman, and Rebecca Goldstein.

New episodes go live each Thursday, and are available on all the usual places you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson said: ‘I’ve found it fascinating to speak to so many interesting humanists about topics so personal to them, and to discuss their diverse worldviews. I hope our listeners enjoy hearing from them just as much!’


For further comment or information, please contact Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs Richy Thompson at or on 07815 558 9636.

You can listen to the podcast and find more information and other links at

What I Believe is inspired by the work of two humanist greats, philosopher Bertrand Russell and the novelist E M Forster. ‘What I Believe’ was the title of two separate essays by Russell and Forster in the early twentieth century which set out their approach to life – their fundamental worldview – in a way that was accessible to all.

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